NEWPORT-The remains of Burl ("Dog") Gillespie,
56, was found Wednesday, Aug. 15, about 170 feet behind a residence across the
street from where he lived.
Gillespie had been missing for 17 days, according to the
Cocke County Sheriff's Department.
Det. Jason Oury told The Newport Plain Talk that he, K9
Deputy Sheriff Blaine Lewis, and Special Agent Derrick Newport on Wednesday
processed the scene, collected the remains, and sent them to the University of
Tennessee forensics center for an autopsy.
Det. Oury said he was at the autopsy the next day, on
Thursday, Aug. 16, and that the pathologist did not notice any obvious signs of
violence or other foul play.
A pathologist and anthropologist will work with the
sheriff's department to positively identify the remains and determine for
certain if there was any foul play, Det. Oury stated.
On Aug. 1, concerned family members, friends, Det. Jason
Oury, other deputy sheriffs with a K9 searched the area around Gillespie's
residence. Family members and friends conducted more searches after that date.
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the unidentified boyfriend of
Gillespie's daughter, Lisa Gillespie, found the missing man's remains after
walking down a drainage path in the midst of an area covered with four- to
seven-foot tall grasses, plants, and shrubs, Det Oury reported.
For more details, please see the latest edition of the Newport Plain Talk.